North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1129: September 8, 2011
eNews is a weekly electronic newsletter sent to all GP practices (with email addresses) within the NEV catchment. The aim is to provide up to date information relevant to GPs and to disseminate the latest activities and resources from the division. All feedback and enquiries welcome and should be addressed to Patty Marshall. You can also visit our website at:
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In this issue:

Editorial                                                Chief Health Officer Alert   

Aged Care                                             Aged Care Interest Group

Chronic Disease Management            You Can Help Someone with Asthma          

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Medicare Benefits Schedule Items Online Checker, Epworth Priority Endoscopy, Veteran’s Health Week, Does your practice have a height adjustable examination bed? GP Network News    

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


A Word from the Editor

Chief Health Officer Alert

M. ulcerans (Bairnsdale/Buruli ulcer) - Since January 2011 the Department of Health has received 40 notifications of M. ulcerans (Bairnsdale/Buruli ulcer), approximately 22 of these notifications have been in patients living on the Bellarine Peninsula. However there are patients who may have visited the Bellarine Peninsula or other coastal areas where M. ulcerans has been described, who are being diagnosed with the condition sometimes many months after their last visit.

The full alert can be found on the Chief Health Officers website.


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Aged Care

Aged Care Interest Group

Support and education in geriatrics for GPs who visit or are interested in visiting Aged Care Facilities.

Osteoporosis - Management in the very elderly, Medications, Infusions, Vit D, Future directions

Monday 19 September 1-2 pm (Light lunch 12.30pm) at Vasey House, 5 Tower Ave, Bundoora (near BECC). Speaker: Dr Felicity Pyrlis, Endocrinologist. Please RSVP to Lorraine on 9466 9615.


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Chronic Disease Management

You Can Help Someone with Asthma

It’s a condition that affects one in 10 people and Northern Health is using National Asthma Week to remind local residents that you can help someone with asthma.

Many local residents will be enjoying the warmer weather that Spring brings but it can be a difficult time of year for asthma sufferers as the pollen in our air increases, which can trigger attacks. Northern Health offers asthma education clinics for children and adults with asthma as well as their families. Anyone looking for advice on dealing with asthma can contact Northern Alliance HARP on 9495 3294 or arrange to speak to their GP.

National Asthma Week is held each year from September 1-7.


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Continuing Professional Development

iPad in General Practice

Wednesday 14th September 6:30 pm-9pm (Dinner & Registration from 6:30 pm) at John Scott Meeting House, La Trobe University. How the iPad can be used in a clinical and professional setting. Includes small groups. BYO iPad (if you have one). Presented by: Dr Lindsey Hyde, Dr Peter Eizenberg, Mr Noel Stewart and Mr Arty Richetti. Flyer


Performing a Healthy Kids Check

Thursday September 15th, 7-9pm (dinner from 6.30pm) at John Scott Meeting House. Presenter: Dr Karyn Alexander. Event open to practices within the NEV catchment only. Flyer. Further enquiries phone Noel or Wendy on 9496 4333.


Practice Nurse Incentive Program Information session

Wednesday 21st September 7pm-9pm (Dinner from 6.30pm) Presented by Ms Lynne Walker at John Scott Meeting House, La Trobe University, Bundoora. Flyer.


4th Edition RACGP Standards for General Practice - What’s different?

Thursday September 22nd 7pm-9pm (Dinner from 6.30pm) at John Scott Meeting House, La Trobe University, Bundoora. Flyer.


New online training for skin cancer advice
Skin cancer prevention, early detection and management are the focus of a new online active learning module (ALM) created by Cancer Council Victoria (SunSmart and GP programs), in conjunction with ThinkGP. The new Category 1, RACGP-accredited ALM is available on the Think GP website at and is suitable for GPs across Australia. The online training will guide GPs through the epidemiology of skin cancers in Australia, skin cancer prevention, UV radiation and vitamin D awareness, the diagnosis and management of melanoma, and the most common non-melanoma skin cancers.


Spirometry Training Update

Presented by the National Asthma Council Australia: GPs, practice nurses and asthma & respiratory educators with previous spirometry training are invited to attend a 2˝ hour spirometry training update. This session provides refresher training in the application, measurement and interpretation of spirometry in general practice. Tuesday 20th Sept, 6 – 9pm  at Doutta Galla Community Health Service, 12 Gower Street, Kensington. See flyer or contact Kelly Phuah for more information on



Ulceration of the lower legs is a debilitating condition suffered by 1% of those over the age of 65. It is essential that all health professionals remain up to date with the latest on diagnosis and management of ulcers.

Monday 19 September 9am – 3pm at La Trobe University, Alfred Health Clinical School, The Alfred Centre, Level 4, 99 Commercial Rd, Prahran.

$50 per person. (Online payment ONLY). Download registration form and pay online at Enquiries:


Research and Evaluation of Sensitive Issues for Vulnerable Groups

Thursday 13 - Friday 14 October, 9:00am to 4:30pm - This two-day intensive course aims to assist participants to develop skills in designing and running research and evaluation projects on sensitive topics. The focus will be on vulnerable populations and sensitive issues, and a range of academic and community-based researchers will provide examples from their work in violence, mental health, sexual health, research with children, and research with same-sex attracted people. Flyer. Registration form.


Australian Point of Care Practitioner’s Network (APPN)

The Australian Point of Care Practitioner’s Network (APPN) provides on-line training, certification and professional development for all Point of Care Testing (PoCT) operators.

This program is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. Visit our website at and register (free), to gain access to useful resources

The APPN also provides a telephone help line to assist you with any queries you may have on PoCT. Phone (08) 8201 7843 or (08) 8201 7845 between 9:00am–5:00pm (CST).

Your feedback is required to help us make the APPN website a useful website for all your PoCT needs. After you have read several documents, watched a clinical presentation or two, completed a few competencies, and explored our website, please complete the APPN survey, which will take approximately 10 minutes of your time.

The survey can be found on the APPN website:, under the “APPN Survey” Heading.


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Copying and pasting from Progress Notes to a Pathology Request

While typing your Progress Notes there may be information relevant to the Clinical details of a Pathology Request.

1.      Simply highlight the relevant clinical details in your current progress note and type Control + C (Copy). Or right click and select Copy.

2.      Open the Pathology Request, click in the text area of the Clinical details: and select Control + V (Paste). Or right click and select Paste

Please note: You can use the same method to copy into the Comment: box of the Cervical cytology request or Clinical details of the Imaging request.


This week’s IM problem - Recording foot checks

Question: Where is the best place to record a foot check for the diabetes SIP recorded in MD? Also, where does PEN CAT pull out the data from MD? Is it multiple places?

Answer: The foot check can be recorded in 3 places:

1.      If performed by a podiatrist: Clinical >Diabetes record >Add Values > check the Podiatrist box and record the date

2.      If performed by a doctor or nurse: Clinical >Diabetes record >Assessment - 4th screen – Had foot examination? – check the box and record the date. This screen also has a checkbox to add the date for a podiatrist visit (hence this is the 3rd place).

The CAT looks in both places (all 3 in fact).


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Items of Interest

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Doctor, Do I have ME/CFS? What do I do now? (ME/CFS) Australia is hosting an information session with international visiting medical expert Professor Kenny de Meirleir M.D. PhD on Monday September 19, 6.30pm-9pm at Craig Family Centre, 7 Samarinda Avenue Ashburton Vic. A light meal will be provided - bookings are essential – RSVP by COB Friday 16th Sept. For more information, contact: Phone: (03) 9791 3100 or Email:

Medicare Benefits Schedule Items Online Checker

Medicare has recently launched a new service, Medicare Benefits Schedule Items Online Checker, available to access via the Health Professional Online Services. The online checker assesses eligibility to claim a Medicare benefit for a particular service based on the patient’s Medicare history; saving time by minimising claim rejections and providing information that will assist in patient care and billing decisions. The MBS Item numbers available through the online checker are items 104, 116, 721, 723, 729, 731, 732 and 10900. For more information, visit or call Medicare on 1800 700 199.


Epworth Priority Endoscopy

From April 2011, Epworth HealthCare has provided a direct access endoscopy service for gastroscopy and colonoscopy procedures. Epworth Priority Endoscopy is located at Epworth Richmond, Epworth Freemasons and Epworth Eastern. It provides easy access to endoscopy procedures performed by specialists using the latest technology, with all specialists and anesthetists fees covered for patients with eligible health cover.

For further details about Epworth Priority Endoscopy or to download a referral form please visit


Veteran’s Health Week – Special Event @ BECC.

Clinicians and Practice Staff are invited to attend a presentation by Dr Richard Cash – Deputy Director Vic VVCS- ‘The Experience of Vietnam Veterans – Post Traumatic Stress Syndromes and the implications for health service delivery’. To be held on Wed 26th October 2-3pm followed by afternoon tea in the BECC Conference Room, 1231 Plenty Road Bundoora. Please RSVP to Robyn Johnson, Veteran Liaison Officer, 9495 3289 or for catering purposes.


Does your practice have a height adjustable examination bed?

The RACPG Standards for General Practices (4th edition) now requires accredited practices to have at least one height adjustable examination bed. 

These are best located in a treatment room accessible to all practice staff to avoid patients, particularly those with a disability and the elderly, having to wait for access to the bed.


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: GPNN this week: President meets with GPs to discuss Medicare Locals; AMA President to attend Senate Inquiry; MRI Working Group; Pharmacy Medical Certificates; Assist at Gallipoli for Anzac Day 2012; Great Savings on Popular I.T. Brands


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Positions vacant/wanted

Please note: only new ads or resubmitted ads will be posted here. All other ads can be found on the website


Positions vacant


Ivanhoe Medical Clinic - PT VR GP for 2-4 sessions/week - must include Thursday afternoons. Modern, large supportive group (10 GPs), FT nurses, computerised, CDMs, no A/Hs, friendly, flexible, mixed billing. Good remuneration. Contact: Dr Stephen Smith or Dr David Doig9499 1245.


Northcote - FT/PT VR GP or Subsequent Trainee GP position. Fully accredited, computerised, long established doctor owned practice in a new purpose built facility with a fabulous work environment. Ancillary Health, Pharmacy and Pathology services on site. Inquiries Diane Cronin (Practice Manager) 9481 1214. Visit our website


Positions wanted

Nurse Specialist Service - Care Plans and Health Assessments including all CDM allied health referrals and recalls professionally completed by a Nurse Specialist. Our prompt, confidential service can be conducted in the clinic using your preferred patient management program or as a home visit with documentation using standard Division templates. Small and large lists accepted. Enquiries to or call on 0448 681 048.


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Working people frequently ask retired people what they do to make their days interesting. Well, for example, the other day, my friend and I went into town. 
When we came out, there was a cop writing out a parking ticket.
We went up to him and I said, 'Come on mate, how about giving a senior citizen a break?'  He ignored us and continued writing the ticket. I called him a few choice names. He glared at me and started writing another ticket for having worn-out tires.
Then my friend joined in the abuse. He finished the second ticket and put it on the windshield with the first. Then he started writing more tickets. This went on for about 10 minutes. The more we abused him, the more tickets he wrote. 
Just then our bus arrived, and we got on it and went home. 
We try to have a little fun each day now that we're retired.
It's important at our age.


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And remember


            …If you tell the boss you were late for work because you had a flat tyre, the very next morning you will have a flat tyre.